LOS ANGELES The Lakers turned what had been billed as a Western Conference showdown into a blowout.
Kobe Bryant scored 36 points after spending most of the day in a Colorado courtroom, and Shaquille O'Neal had 17 points, 16 rebounds and six assists Wednesday night as the Lakers beat the Sacramento Kings 115-91.
Grizzlies 111, Knicks 97
NEW YORK No team forces turnovers, blocks shots and comes up with steals like the Grizzlies. Memphis demonstrated its league-leading prowess in all three categories while trouncing the New York Knicks 111-97 Wednesday night.
Heat 105, Magic 90
ORLANDO, Fla. The Miami Heat won their season-best sixth straight game by running past the Magic.
76ers 99, Suns 94
PHILADELPHIA Samuel Dalembert had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Eric Snow had 19 points and three key free throws with 20.6 seconds remaining for the Sixers, who were without injured All-Star Allen Iverson for the second straight game. Iverson was out because of a sore right knee and was not on the bench during the game. Philadelphia moved to 6-1 in its last seven games without Iverson.
Nuggets 101, Timberwolves 92
DENVER Carmelo Anthony had 25 points and a key steal in the closing seconds, and reserve Earl Boykins added 21 points. Denver shot just 30 percent in a 21-point loss to Minnesota on Sunday, and wasn't much better this time. The Nuggets spent a good portion of the game standing around offense and shot just 36 percent. They made up for it with just six turnovers, none in the first half, to stay within reach of Utah for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
SuperSonics 84, Jazz 77
SEATTLE Ray Allen scored 18 of his 26 points in the third quarter, then hit two late free throws. The Sonics extended their season-high winning streak to six games and dealt a setback to the Jazz, who fell a half game behind Denver in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Trail Blazers 91, Clippers 85
PORTLAND, Ore. Damon Stoudamire hit a 3-pointer with 25.3 seconds left to give Portland the lead for good. He finished with a season-high 32 points.
The Blazers, who have won six of their last eight, are a game behind Denver in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot. They have made the playoffs 21 straight seasons.
Warriors 98, Bucks 89
OAKLAND, Calif. Cliff Robinson scored 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists in the Warriors' fifth straight victory.
Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points and Erick Dampier had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who led from the opening minute and fought off the Bucks' late charge to snap an eight-game losing streak against Milwaukee.
The Warriors had lost five straight home games to the Bucks, who got 24 points from Michael Redd and 20 from Desmond Mason. Milwaukee lost for the sixth time in seven games, falling below .500 (35-36) for the first time since Dec. 30.
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